The Film Writers Association invites you to a screening of Anand Patwardhan’s award-winning documentary film, Jai Bhim Comrade, followed by a discussion between the film-maker and Anjum Rajabali.
TIME, DAY, DATE: 1:30 to 5:30 pm, Saturday, 25th April, 2015
VENUE: Film Writers’ Association
2nd Floor, Richa Building
Plot no B-29
(In the lane opposite Citi Mall)
Off New Link Road
Mumbai – 400 053
PHONE: 022-2673-3027/ 022-2673-3108
NOTE: This event is free. Please come early, since the program will start at sharp 1:30. First-Come-First-Seated. Preference will be given to FWA Members for entry into the hall, and only if there is enough space, would non-members be accommodated.
ABOUT THE FILM, JAI BHIM COMRADE: For thousands of years, India’s Dalits were abhorred as “untouchables,” denied education and treated as bonded labour. By 1923, Bhimrao Ambedkar broke the taboo, won doctorates abroad and fought for the emancipation of his people. He drafted India’s Constitution and led his followers to discard Hinduism for Buddhism. His legend still spreads through poetry and song… In 1997, a statue of Dr. Ambedkar in a Dalit colony in Mumbai was desecrated with footwear. As angry residents gathered, police opened fire, killing 10. Vilas Ghogre, a leftist poet, hung himself in protest… ‘Jai Bhim Comrade’, shot over 14 years, follows the poetry and music of people like Vilas and marks a subaltern tradition of reason that, from the days of the Buddha, has fought superstition and religious bigotry.
AWARDS WON BY THE FILM:
Best Film – Films South Asia, Kathmandu, Nepal
Best Film – Mumbai International Film Festival
Best Documentary – Hong Kong International Film Festival
Bartok Prize – Jean Rouch International Film Festival, Paris, France
Special Jury Award – National Awards, India
Golden Camel – Jaipur International Film Festival
ANAND PATWARDHAN is an Indian documentary filmmaker known for his socio-political, human rights-oriented films. Several of his films cover the rise of religious fundamentalism, sectarianism and casteism in India, while others explore growing nuclear nationalism and unsustainable development. They have won national and international awards.
ANJUM RAJABALI has written the screenplays of Aarakshan, Drohkaal, Ghulam, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, and Raajneeti. He heads the screenwriting departments at Whistling Woods, Mumbai, and FTII, Pune, and is an activist with the Film Writers Association.